What is the Story Behind Charleston Green? - Page 2

Charleston Green

Our fair and Holy City of Charleston, South Carolina, is painted with dabs and dots of a single signature color, which is commonly referred to as Charleston Green. It's a color that could dress up the shabbiest Charleston single house, and aggrandize the smallest freedman's cottage.

A green so dark it appears black, it lends an air of subtle chameleon mystery to streets with light streaming through moss draped trees. The color changes as you move and elevates what might have been a simple flat black to a rich and dignified tone.

The History Behind Charleston Green

Charleston Green lends a formal sensibility, but the purported history is more rebellious. The origin of the color is contested, but the story goes that after the American Civil War, the Union sent buckets of plain black government-issued paint down to Charleston to gloss over what war had done to the city. But Charlestonians, less than impressed with boring black, added yellow and blue (or green, depending on the source) to make the deep forest green now named for the city where it originated. 

How to Use Charleston Green on Your Home

If you're strolling Downtown Charleston on the brick, pavement, or cobblestone streets, you'll notice the hue applied to front doors, window shutters, Italianate trim and even balustrades. There's no right or wrong way to use Charleston Green, but do remember that direct sunlight will heat the dark color and could cause it to bubble, or even be hot to the touch—a danger those moss draped trees can alleviate, since the Charleston housing market is quite hot enough on its own.

This deepest-deep green hue can be used in a variety of different exterior color schemes. The most classic is off-white with Charleston Green shutters and doors. Green shutters can compliment a lighter green home, a yellow home, or even a pink one.

If you'd like to add a touch of black-tie class, but don't want to darken your overall palette, try painting just the front door, or brushing the window sashes with Charleston Green while the casing remains white. Some homes paint only their front steps in the color. Window boxes are a nice place to add a deep green to bring out the green leaves and flowers and provide a visual anchor to the shape of the windows. Think of them as the strong brows on the face of your home.

You can also pull the color inside by using it on an interior staircase or in a study. Give a high-style makeover to a small half bath with a stunning high gloss enamel finish or treat a mantle to a stroke of dark green.

While the color chip is readily available from Historic Charleston Foundation's collection at your nearest Sherwin-Williams, you could also mix your own using a local recipe:

DIY: Charleston Green Recipe

10 ounces black paint

4 ounces green paint

½ ounce yellow paint 

Now that you know what to look for, the next time you're walking South of Broad , you'll more easily spot the difference between a true black hue and the trademark tint that we call Charleston Green. 

Looking for something different? See below for current listings downtown Charleston!

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28 Photos 3 1/2 Saint Michaels Alley Charleston, SC 29401

3 1/2 Saint Michaels Alley
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005527 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1766 Sqft

Beautifully renovated Fitz Simmons single family home in the heart of downtown Charleston. This home features 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths plus an up... 

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$1,600,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
27 Photos 84 Bull Street UNIT E Charleston, SC 29401

84 Bull Street UNIT E
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21005504 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1323 Sqft

NOTE- the pictures were taken when the owner occupied the unit. It is currently vacant.Completely renovated 2 Bedroom 2 Bath condo located in soug... 

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$690,000
Provided courtesy of Strategic Real Estate Advisors
31 Photos
Open House: Sat Mar 6th, 1:00pm - 1:00pm
61 1/2 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

61 1/2 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005476 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2016 Sqft

This historic, circa 1736 pre-revolutionary charmer in beautiful downtown Charleston offers the perfect location, just steps away from The Battery ... 

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$1,295,000
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
22 Photos 105 Bull Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29401

105 Bull Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21005457 / Active Contingent
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1710 Sqft

With a rich history dating back to the 1850's, this historic condominium at Bee's Row was meticulously restored and renovated. The light-filled con... 

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$945,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
38 Photos 13 Logan Street Charleston, SC 29401

13 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005460 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3750 Sqft

Situated in Charleston's South of Broad neighborhood, 13 Logan Street (c.1870) has been through an extensive 18-month restoration completed by HHM ... 

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$3,295,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
36 Photos 4 Gibbes Street Charleston, SC 29401

4 Gibbes Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005425 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3888 Sqft

This historic home, circa 1790, in the South of Broad neighborhood of Charleston, has been renovated with the utmost respect to the properties uniq... 

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$2,675,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Columbia
20 Photos 87 E Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

87 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005420 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1200 Sqft

Charming turn-key circa 1780 brick Carriage House on Rainbow Row in Historic Charleston. The perfect pied-a-terre, high quality finishes with expos... 

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$1,195,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
15 Photos 65 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, SC 29403

65 Vanderhorst Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21005362 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 673 Sqft

Charleston charm abounds in this ideally located condo. Walkable to the college and all that downtown Charleston has to offer. Grand historic home ... 

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$349,999
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate

22 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 21005363 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 611 Sqft

RECENTLY REMODELED and TURN KEY! Beautiful, new luxury vinyl plan flooring throughout the living spaces and new ceramic tile in the bathroom! Fresh... 

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$289,900
Provided courtesy of Healthy Realty LLC
66 Photos 38 S Battery Charleston, SC 29401

38 S Battery
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005361 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3142 Sqft

This beautiful South of Broad home enjoys water views of the Ashley River and White Point Garden at the tip of the Charleston Peninsula. Enjoy the ... 

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$2,195,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
64 Photos 173 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

173 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005328 / Active
8 br, 6 ba, 2 Half Bath, 8034 Sqft

ROOM TO BREATH! Built in 1873, the Prioleau-Miles House is packed with charm and opportunity to create a masterful estate on a uniquely large and c... 

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$3,950,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
42 Photos 50 S Battery Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29401

50 S Battery Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005297 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1820 Sqft

Your piece of Charleston history is waiting for you at 50 B South Battery. Just a block away from the water in the most popular and well-known loca... 

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$875,000
Provided courtesy of Elaine Brabham and Associates
40 Photos 55 Society Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29401

55 Society Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21005267 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1034 Sqft

Located in historic Ansonborough close to shopping, restaurants, hospitals and the College of Charleston, this gem has much to offer: a fireplace i... 

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$525,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
27 Photos 178 Queen Street UNIT A Charleston, SC 29401

178 Queen Street UNIT A
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21005255 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2232 Sqft

Ideally located in Harleston Village and close to Colonial Lake, this restored historic home impresses with modern touches while keeping with the t... 

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$975,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
14 Photos 4 Percy Street Charleston, SC 29403

4 Percy Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21005259 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 2097 Sqft

Location,Location,Location! House has a big lot with off street parking. Property has fire damage from house next door and is not livable. Agents ... 

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$350,000
Provided courtesy of Bradley O'Mara Real Estate
69 Photos 128 Bull Street Charleston, SC 29401

128 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005246 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 4875 Sqft

The Joseph Bennett House (Thomas Grange Simons House) is a Notable, Category 2 home, built Circa 1814 and is emphasized by a central pedimented pav... 

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$2,299,999
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
20 Photos 78 Hanover Street Charleston, SC 29403

78 Hanover Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21005247 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1650 Sqft

3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, 1650sf home over two-car garage. Owner-built in 2018, this home offers modern finishes. An open layout allows for ample l... 

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$599,000
Provided courtesy of Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
39 Photos 1 Vendue Range UNIT F Charleston, SC 29401

1 Vendue Range UNIT F
Charleston, SC 29401
One Vendue Range
Residential

MLS# 21005249 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1664 Sqft

Luxurious Downtown living awaits at One Vendue Range; Charleston's premiere waterfront luxury community located in the historic French Quarter acro... 

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$1,549,000
Provided courtesy of Atlantic Properties
13 Photos 53 Hasell Street UNIT K Charleston, SC 29401

53 Hasell Street UNIT K
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21005221 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 678 Sqft

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION & OFF-STREET PARKING! It would be difficult to find a location in the heart of the City's historic district that could... 

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$489,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston Realty, LLC
44 Photos 102 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

102 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21005047 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2529 Sqft

This historic Charleston single house combines the charm of the 19th century with the comfortable modern lifestyle of today. In 2019, the home was ... 

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$1,995,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
40 Photos 45 East Bay Street UNIT D Charleston, SC 29401

45 East Bay Street UNIT D
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005022 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 2178 Sqft

Location, location, location! Stay close to home and have the highly desirable South of Broad lifestyle at your fingertips! This property puts you ... 

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$1,525,000
Provided courtesy of Atlantic Properties
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